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Spanish major Melissa Gonzalez presented her research at this year's regional conference for the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) with her professor, Dr. Ewewlina Barski.
Their talk was entitled "Hispanic Heritage Speakers in the Language Classroom" and its goal was to inform all levels of educators about the special differences found in heritage-speaker grammars. Heritage speakers are those who have been born in the US to immigrant parents and grew up speaking the family language at home.
Melissa and Dr. Barski explained how current linguistic research shows that they are not all that different than more traditional second language learners. After their talk, the attendees of the workshop have a better understanding of their Hispanic heritage speakers and are now thus able to better serve their needs in the language classroom.